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Minister Deenihan attends National Museum of Ireland to accept the Museum’s most recent acquisitions from Kerry based wood turner artist Earl Allgrove

Jimmy Deenihan TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht attended the National Museum today (Wednesday 4th April, 2012) to accept the Museum’s most recent acquisitions from Kerry based wood turner artist Earl Allgrove.

It is the first time that a Kerry based craftworker has been collected under the National Museum /Crafts Council of Ireland joint purchase scheme. The National Museum of Ireland has acquired for its collection eight objects by Kerry based wood turner Earl Allgrove.

Minister Deenihan said “this extremely talented artist was brought to the Museum’s attention while participating in a craft development project with South Kerry Development Partnership. Having started working with wood relatively recently – back in 2003 – Earl has shown tremendous natural skill in attaining this level of competency with wood turning.”

“In the nine years I worked as Exhibitions Programme Manager at the National Craft Gallery, I came across hundreds of makers and thousands of pieces but rarely has work made such an impact on me as these exquisite and technically brilliant works by Earl Allgrove” said Vincent O Shea – Craft Animator South Kerry Development Partnership.

“It is astounding to think that he turned these tiny objects from one single piece of wood without them breaking. The intricacy of Allgrove's decorative work is highly unusual and a welcome addition to the collections.” Jennifer Goff, Curator of Furniture, Musical and Scientific Instruments and the Eileen Gray collection, National Museum of Ireland.

National Museum Crafts Council of Ireland Joint Purchase Collection was established in 2003 to collect the work of living Irish craft makers for the National Museum’s Collection. Its purpose is to ensure that living contemporary craft worker’s are collected throughout their lifetime, which enhances their prestige in Ireland and abroad. It also ensures value for public money as the works are bought directly from the maker.

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